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February 26, 2016





Pattern: Foolproof by Louise Zass-Bangham
Yarn: Handpsun Shetland/Merino and Merino/Silk
Needle: US5 Addi Turbo
Notes: What a clever pattern! This pattern is perfect for scraps, handspun, anything. Any gauge yarn will work too. There is no cast on, no bind off and no grafting. You begin with a single stitch, you end with a single stitch. So clever! If you are making one just remember that the depth of the initial triangle determines the width of your cowl.

February 25, 2016

Thursday Is for What the Hell Is This?

Your wardrobe for a dystopic future where we all live in bland offices and wear ace bandages and cut-pile carpet.

With heels, naturally.

February 18, 2016

Thursday Is For What the Hell Is This?

It's been a long time, friends, since a knitting design made me so stabby. But the more I look at it, the more complaints I have.

  1. Color. I know it's a matter of personal taste and many of you might enjoy this color but I loathe it.
  2. Edging. Did the designer intend for the edges to be floppy and crumpled? I can't stop staring at that chunky, rumpled neckline and just want to shout, "NO!"
  3. Surface. The wobbly, lumpy, bumpy "cables" look like they were just slapped on to the front.
  4. Shape. There is none. It's a flat rectangle that swallows this poor model's entire torso--and then some.
  5. Placement. The giant diamond over the smaller diamond make the model look even thicker and wider across the top half. And the bottom diamond look just plain wrong over the lower abdomen.
  6. Fit. If you're going to make a boxy tunic don't have it hug the hips. Because then it's not a boxy tunic. It's a figure-hugging sweater withe ENORMOUS shoulders. And maybe it's the terrible pose of the model but it also looks like the armholes come down way too far. 
Put it all together and I could not hate this sweater any more. Even the model's expression seems to say, "Just take the fucking picture already so I can take this thing off."

February 11, 2016

Building a log cabin. #madrona2016 #rosekimknits

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Thursday Is for What the Hell Is This?

Like any sensible woman I dreamed of the day when I would be able to wear nothing but Easter grass, Perler beads, fun fur and an old swim cap.

What a time to be alive!

February 10, 2016

Leftovers and Foolproof

I have been knitting and knitting and knitting on my Leftovers Cowl. I'm worried I might run out of sock yarn scraps before it's 54-56" long (my preferred length for a thick cowl). That sound crazy, right? What knitter of my tenure could run out of sock yarn scraps? It's not that I will simply have no more scraps. It's that the scraps I have are all annoyingly the same. You know, I like what I like. I have no shortage of blue-green and green-blue scraps but they don't show off colorwork when knit together. The biggest pops of color in the cowl so far come from leftovers that friends have passed on to me. Friends with entirely different taste in color than mine. It's currently about 30" long. But now I'm setting it aside because tomorrow I head to Madrona!

Colorwork, or any kind of charted knitting, is not great at Madrona. While some knitters really try to display their prowess in the projects--and FOs--they bring, I like to work on something stupidly simple. I'm chatting with friends, I'm on the go, I have to time for charts! So instead I'm bringing Foolproof, by Louise Zass-Bangham. I'm knitting it in two skeins of handspun. One is some Shetland-Merino from Sporfarm that I believe I bought five years ago at Oregon Flock and Fiber and some Ashland Bay Merino-Silk(?) I got as a birthday gift from Jeanne ten(!) years ago.

Maybe this year I'll remember to take a picture or two.

February 5, 2016

I'm at the halfway mark on my Leftovers Cowl! #rosekimknits #leftoverscowl

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